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The “machine” needs to die

I was reading this. The “computer machine” as our base unit of work is a shitty unit. What I typically want is – Agility and flexibility – Performance and scale – Business continuity and taking a resource pricing point of view for dev, test, staging and DR. – Business and security best practices baked into […]

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On Cloud Standards, Transparency and Data Mobility

I was on a panel last week talking about the role of infrastructure and “The Cloud” in online gaming (and I’m talking “fun” games, like Farmville, not online gambling). One of the questions was “What do you think about cloud interoperability and standards?”. To which I asked, “What do you mean?” “Well, what do you […]

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The “Cloud” is supposed to be better than the “Real”

In my weekly reading of posts around this mighty collection of tubes, pipes and cans connected by shoestrings, the thing most call The Internets™, I came across “Why we moved away from “the cloud” to a “real” server”  from the fellows at Boxed Ice. They have a server metrics and monitoring service named Server Density.  Their […]

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Structure 09 in SF

I’m moderating the first panel of the day at Om’s Structure09 conference today. If you’re at the conference please make sure you say “Hi”.

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What I would want a “cloud” to do for me: a functional view

I was on a panel at Enterprise 2.0 yesterday about “Cloud Computing” providers and wanted to take the entire definite of “what is cloud computing?” from a different perspective. As a consumer, I fundamentally want the entire technology stack for an application to Just work Just scale Just tell me everything Just works means that […]

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Cloud Computing is actually Transparent Computing: there’s shouldn’t be anything cloudy about it

A little over a year ago Joyent was identified in a Forrester report as one of ten “Cloud Computing” companies to watch. The report was really the beginning of “Cloud Computing” being applied to those of us doing infrastructure and I think marks the point in time when the term really began to appear in […]

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Rod Boothby Talks Cloud Computing at Web 2.0 Expo

Rod and I also held several interviews at the show – including Tim O’Reilly, Kevin Marks, Steve Gillmore, Dan Farber, and Rafe Needleman trying to get public opinion on ‘What is Cloud Computing’. We will be posting that video shortly as there is some good stuff in there. Disclosure: That handsome fella interviewing him happens […]

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The wonders of fb:ref and iRules: Serving pages from Facebook’s cache

I wanted to introduce or remind everyone of the fb:ref markup tag and how through the use of iRules in our BIG-IPs we can offload the serving of common pages to facebook’s cache. Importantly this can happen without having to hit or rewrite your application, and is implemented in really fast, robust, edge “application switches”. […]

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Joyent DTrace Probes for Ruby in Apple’s Leopard

We are looking forward to installing Leopard on our Macintoshes here at Joyent this weekend. We talked in the recent episode of ps pipe grep about the effort at Sun to ensure Solaris is a good operating system for laptop computers. (Cricket sounds). But seriously, now that OS X 10.5 (Leopard) is shipping (today), with […]

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Just what web server should be sitting in front of my Rails application?

The one you feel comfortable configuring, maintaining and perhaps extending. That one. As web server/reverse proxy schizoserverphrenia tends to sweep through the Rails community from time to time, I see questions of which is “best” so I thought I’d add some numbers here. These are from April-ish 2006, and were in various places on weblog.textdrive.com […]

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